The first table, answers the question of "who" these ships belong to. Note, that they are designed around the typical inhabitants of Airam Sector. If and when the party moves on to another sector, then they will probably require some adjustment.
Next, the question of scale. It this a single small ship or a flotilla of cruisers?
Finally, where are they headed?
|8||Will hyperspace in soon|
Once I've rolled these basic questions, I take a second to flesh out the encounter more. I ask myself things like: